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Today's News

  • Judge seeks balance in Occupy ruling

    By GENE POLICINSKI
    First Amendment Center
    A federal judge in Minnesota has provided an interesting, common-sense decision that appears to balance fairly the First Amendment rights of the Occupy movement demonstrators, the responsibilities of public officials, and the larger interests of the public.

    Senior U.S. District Judge Richard Kyle ruled Nov. 23 that protesters can post signs in a Hennepin County government plaza and that they can assemble there “during any hour of the day.” But he also said county officials may ban tents and forbid anyone from sleeping overnight in the area.

  • A VIEW from LICK SKILLET by Gerald Largen: To create jobs, cut retirement age temporarily

    You know, gentle reader, the longer we live the more we become convinced that the Founding Fathers should have made it one of the prerequisites of being President of these United States that all candidates there for must be foundlings.

    In our own time we have seen how John F. Kennedy’s presidency was shaped and moulded by the influence of his father, Ambassador Joe Kennedy.

  • Woman struck by vehicle in parking lot

    An unlicensed teenage driver struck the owner of J. Lynn’s Salon in the parking lot of Food City on Monday.
    Kingston Police Chief Jim Washam said April Scandlyn suffered injuries to her knee, shoulder and head. She was treated at the University of Tennessee Medical Center and released.

    “We’ve had calls on top of calls,” said Brandy Willis, who works with Scandlyn at the salon. “Everybody is concerned about her.”

    The incident happened just after 5 p.m. J. Lynn’s is located beside Food City at Ladd Landing.

    Washam said the 17-year-old female driver works for Food City.

  • Ferguson, Beason, Mullins seek road supervisor seat

    Three people have picked up petitions to run for road superintendent in next year’s county election. The list doesn’t include incumbent Tom Hamby.

    “I’m not going to run this time,” Hamby said. “I’ve had some heart problems and I decided this would be a good time for me to get out of it.”

  • CASA to benefit from courts

    Guilty people will have to fork over more money in court fees. At its Nov. 14 meeting, the Roane County
    Commission passed a resolution authorizing the collection of a victims assistance assessment of $45. The resolution said the fee will apply to anyone who pleads guilty, is found guilty or enters a no contest plea.

    The fee will not apply to crimes where the maximum punishment is a fine of less than $500 and no imprisonment. It also won’t apply to traffic offenses, except for DUI.

  • Rockwood recall petition signing day

     

    Rockwood’s recall petition to oust Mayor James Watts and Councilwoman Jane Long from their positions was getting little interest as of nearly 4:30 Tuesday afternoon. The petition was stationed at the Rockwood Event Center on West Rockwood Street from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Tuesday.

  • Kingston First Baptist Youth decorate interstate tree

     

    Lucas Stephenson hands an ornament to Cameron Van Horn, both of Kingston’s First Baptist Church youth group, while decorating a cedar tree on Interstate 40 last week. Every year, the youth group goes out to trim the same tree. It sits between Exits 355 and 352. The tradition of the decorated tree goes back to 1978, and the youth group has been decorating it since 1993.

  • Holiday cheer

    This week gasoline prices dropped below $3 a gallon at some Roane County fuel pumps. They are still well above the $2.65 average for this time last year, according to officials at AAA of East Tennessee.

  • Rockwood Middle sweeps Bobcats

    Monday night was a good night for the Rockwood Middle School Tigers and Lady Tigers, as both squads traveled to Oliver Springs and picked up victories over the Bobcats and Lady 'Cats.

  • Howard scores 32 in Harriman victory

    The Harriman Blue Devils and Oakdale Eagles renewed their longtime rivalry Tuesday night and both communities would have a little bit to be happy about following a split.